The window for candidates to file for the March 4 Primary Election will close next week.

The Henderson County Republican and Democrat party headquarters will remain open Wednesday until the 6 p.m. deadline for last-minute filers.

Democrat Party Chair-man Ray Smith said there has been an upswing in the number of candidates, but declined to release their names.

“We will release them Wednesday,” Smith said.

The chairman said he is pleased with the increased interest he has seen in recent days.

“It needs to continue, but so far so good,” he said.

One name Henderson County Democrats will see on the ballot is Victor Morales. The teacher from Crandall filed Thursday for the District 4 state representative seat held by Republican Betty Brown, who has filed for re-election. Morales previously ran for seats in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Represen-tatives.

Republican Party Chairman Don Geddie reports that Barry Bilger has entered the race for 392nd District Court judge. Incumbent Carter Tarrance is seeking re-election and filed earlier this month. Bilger challenged incumbent District Attorney Donna Bennett in the 2004 primary, with Bennett receiving 59 percent of the vote.

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